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The fourth in a time-series of trawl surveys for middle depth species off the west coast South Island was carried out from 2 to 20 August 2016. The 2016 survey was extended deeper (from 800 to 1000 m) to improve coverage of deepwater species. The trawl estimate of hake abundance in 2016 was less than half of that from 2013, and the ling estimate was 17% lower than that in 2013. Small gemfish were widespread from 200–430 m depth in 2016. Hoki was not a target species for the 2016 survey.